The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

January 28, 2020

If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like an examiner. Get a better understanding of how examiners makes decisions at the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) agent attorney three day course. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Florida for this...

January 28, 2020

All stakeholders are invited to the USPTO's Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Partnership (BCP) Meeting to share insights and experiences to improve patent prosecution in these areas. The meeting will be held at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and online. Participants will...

February 5, 2020

At the State Bar of Texas's upcoming Advanced Intellectual Property Law course and annual meeting, Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Hope Shimabuku will present on "Women in IP Law: A Look into Diversity and Inventorship" on February 6, 2020. A ssistant Texas regional director...

February 5, 2020

Join us at the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where we will host an interactive Q&A session with trademark experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center. This presentation will cover topics including navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS),...

February 6, 2020

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan to learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. This session for aspiring entrepreneurs,...

February 7, 2020

Attend the next quarterly meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) for a review of policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees. You can attend the public session at the USPTO’s Alexandria campus or watch the meeting online . The TPAC advises the under secretary of commerce...

February 11, 2020

Are you having problems with knockoffs or counterfeit goods? Learn to combat these costly problems at the STOPfakes Roadshow. Learn more and register early for this event . Government agency experts will cover a wide variety of key topics, including: Identifying and protecting intellectual property...

February 11, 2020

Learn about trademark registration and ask experts your questions during Trademark Tuesday, a virtual meeting with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) . The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts this interactive question and answer session on the second Tuesday of...

February 11, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on examination of ranges? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Virginia for this course....

February 12, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on examination of ranges? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Virginia for this course....

News & Updates

National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up extended to Jan. 14

Competitors can sign up for the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition until noon ET on January 14, 2020. This competition introduces law students to U.S. patent law issues and develops their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. Student teams will be given a...

U.S. and Brazil implement expanded PPH agreement

On December 1, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) put into effect a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement that significantly expands on a prior agreement, allowing for applications for more industries...

Consolidated Trial Practice Guide, November 2019

In November 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a second edition of the America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Practice Guide (Practice Guide) to incorporate the Practice Guide updates released in August 2018 and July 2019 into the original August 2012 Practice Guide. The second...

Safeguarding attorney information from improper use in trademark filings

To help the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintain the integrity of the trademark filing process, we recommend that attorneys proactively monitor our database for trademark filings that use their names, signatures, and contact information without their knowledge or consent. We’re...

Update on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided notice of an update to the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (2019 PEG). The October 2019 Update responds to public comments regarding the 2019 PEG. The update does not change the 2019 PEG, but provides...

USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12,...

Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019. Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than 20 years of...

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases new report on trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “ Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents ,” a report on the trends and characteristics of U.S. women inventors named on U.S. patents granted from 1976 through 2016. The report issued by...

United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this year...

U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired. President Donald J. Trump signed...